Portugal, Azores, Flores, Azores, Portugal
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Florish is a real miracle of nature. The island welcomes its guests with the pristine beauties of nature, panoramic views of the valleys and friendly villages, pacifying tranquility and silence, which is interrupted only by the majestic voice of the ocean. Florish is rightly called the island of flowers: lush hydrangeas, hibiscus, azorins, juniper, cacti and heather - grow here everywhere, turning this place into a strange and fragrant garden.
Floris is the westernmost territory of the Azores and Europe. Endowed with its truly paradise landscapes, the island is included in the international network of UNESCO biosphere reserves. Since the island is small, it is easy to get around on foot. Taking walks along various routes along the island, you can observe different types of migratory birds, because the island of Flores is considered one of the best places in Azores to observe unique species of birds. The best time for this type of vacation is from September to November, and the best place is the “White Lagoon” (Lagoa Branca) in the central part of the island.
How to get to Florish
Florish is located in the western part of the Atlantic Ocean and belongs to the group of islands of the Azores archipelago. You can get to Floresh from Lisbon in 2-2.5 hours. There are air and ferry services to neighboring islands, including the nearby Corvo. The flight time from Corvo will be 15 minutes, and the ferry journey will take 40 minutes. In addition to taxis and car rental services, the island has a public transport network with various routes to anywhere in the island.
The weather on the island is changeable, rain clouds can drag in a clear sky during the day. The best time to visit is from May to September, when the temperature fluctuates between + 24-26 ° C. The water temperature during the year is from +17 to + 23 ° C. For relaxing on the beach, the period from June to September is comfortable, when the waters of the Atlantic become warmer.
Things to do in Florish
Florish Island is famous for 7 lakes located in the craters of extinct volcanoes. The most picturesque is the Deep Lake (Lagoa Funda), its shores are buried in emerald greenery, forming a magical landscape. The Rochad dos Bordoes rock group is the island's hallmark. Unusual basalt fossils resemble a giant organ in their outlines. It offers stunning views of the scenic Fajã Grande and the Ribeira Grande waterfall, a beautiful flowing cascade from 300 meters high. In the Alagoa Gulf, from a group of islands and peninsulas you can dive perfectly, especially at the Baixa do Amigo reefs, Ponta da Caveira and at the Ilhéu do Garajau island. For the best viewing platforms and panoramic photographs, head to the Florish Uplands - the peaks of Sete Pes, Burrinha, Marcel and the highest point of Morro Alto (915 m).
In Floris, you can relax on beaches with natural pools in Santa Cruz and Lajes. If you want something more unusual, then it is better to stop your choice on the reservoirs formed by waterfalls. The famous Ribeira Grande waterfall or the Poço do Bacalhau waterfall, with a drop height of 90 meters, are perfect for this purpose.
The most noteworthy architectural structures in Florish are ancient mansions and churches. The most famous are the Nossa Senhora do Rosário church and the Nossa Senhora das Angústias chapel in Lajes das Flores, the Nossa Senhora da Conceição and São Boaventura churches in Santa Cruz das Flores, the island's capital. The Ethnographic Museum (Museu Etnográfico), where you can get acquainted with the life of the islanders and see the products of local artists, will also be interesting. The hot sulfur springs of Aguas Quentes and the huge 50-meter cave Groto de Enxareus are also interesting to visit.
The island was discovered in 1450 by Diogue de Teive and his son João. It was originally called the island of St. Thomas. The first settlers were the family of the Flemish aristocrat Willem van der Hagen between 1480 and 1490. From 1510, Portuguese from the northern provinces began to settle on the island.
In July 1962, France organized on the island a testing ground for missile shells. The island's infrastructure has improved, a hospital and an airport have been built. In 1994, the French left the island; tourists began to actively visit it.
Village on the west coast of the island.
Mark at the extreme western end of the island.